Spencer turns on the power
The back markers made the most of the tougher conditions to work their way through the field to claim the major spoils in Tinwald Cycling Clubs, Brad Hudson Flooring, Mathieson Chartered Accountants, 38km handicap event on Sunday.
Brent Spencer showed his strength on the rolling Wakanui - Hakatere course to hold out his co-markers on the finish line to secure the victory and fastest time honours, riding the course in 54.05.
Tony Ward delivered his usual gutsy ride to second place and time.
Myles O’Donnell showed his winter training was not put to waste producing a top effort to claim the final podium position.
Sam Clements-Stewart, Craig Roulston and Doug Coley rounded out the top six.
Nigel Douglas was close behind to lift the third fastest time spoils.
The juniors and division 2 contested a 14km handicap event.
Zoe Spillane, fresh from competing in the junior Tour of Southland rode a solid race to take the victory and fastest time honours, riding the distance in 29.30.
First time starter Ben Pearson dug deep to secure the second place spoils.
Division 2 honours went to Janette Hooper in a tight finish with Debbie Skinner.
Next week the Club will contest a 45km handicap event around the Dawsons Road block.
Stainger solo’s to victory
Jason Stainger produced a strong solo effort to take victory in Tinwald Cycling Clubs, Ashburton Contracting Ltd, Small Business Accounting, 32km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block on Sunday.
With the race coming together in the concluding stages, Stainger dug deep to keep the chasing groups at bay.
Don Summerfield led in the chasing group to secure the second place spoils. Michelle Knight is riding herself into some of the good form she showed last season, claimed the final podium position.
Don Morrison, Nigel Chatterton, and Shane Gerken rounded out a competitive top six.
Scratch marker Shane Brookland rode the distance in 46.25 to secure fastest time honours from co-markers Tony Ward and Brad Hudson.
The juniors contested a 16km handicap event.
Jack Templeton opened his season account with a hard fought win, breaking away on the final rise and holding on to lift the trophy.
Zac Brookland showed plenty of fight to take the second place spoils.
Maddie Lowry put her recent good form to the test to secure third place and third fastest time honours.
Scratch marker Ethan Titheridge charged through the field to take fourth spot and fastest time honours, riding the course in 25.40.
Caitlin Titheridge continuing her good form securing second fastest time honours.
Debbie Skinner reversed last weeks result to take division 2 victory from Janette Hooper, with Sue Templeton riding into third place.
Next week the Club will contest a 38km handicap event around the Wakanui – Hakatere course.
CLOSE FINISHES ORDER OF THE DAY
The Tinwald Cycling Club kicked off its summer season of road racing with the Health 2000 : dpi / EmbroidMe graded scratch race around the Christy’s Road block on Sunday.
A good field of in-excess of 50 riders went to the start line.
“A” and “B” grade competed over 35km, while “C” and “D” covered 26km.
Brad Hudson had the final say in the charge to the finish to claim “A” honours, seeing off the challenges of Tony Ward and Shane Brookland. Hudson covered the distance in 52.23.
The “B” grade spoils went to Mark Summerfield, who timed his final effort to perfection. Paul Macfie charged into second place with the ever improving Don Sutton securing third place. Summerfield’s riding time was 56.02.
Gary Weston showed his sprinting prowess taking victory in “C” grade in a time of 44.16. Gene Shurrock kicked his season off with a solid second place ride, with Don Morrison getting up for third in a tight finish.
“D” grade also came down to a bunch sprint with Brian Ellis showing a clean set of heels to take the win from the fast-finishing Lucy Kirwan and Emma Hudson. Ellis recorded a time of 49.49.
With national schools racing on over the weekend a small but enthusiastic field of juniors went to the line.
Mitch Brookland secured “A” grade honours riding the 18km in 36.32.
Zoe Spillane rode a strong 9km race to take the “B” spoils in a time of 18.37. Zac Brookland put in a great effort to take second place.
Janette Hooper secured the division 2 victory from Debbie Skinner, riding the 18km in 36.22.
Next week the Club will contest a 32km handicap event around the Wakanui Beach block.